The Russian Baker

03 Nov

From now on I’m going to think of Oblonsky as The Russian Baker.

You remember his love of baked goods, right?  We’re not talking about the dried-up, day-old bread either.  Oblonsky likes his rolls fresh.

In Part IV, chapter 9 Stepan Arkadyevitch Oblonsky is having a soiree.  He’s late to his own party and sees that upon his arrival things are not going well.  Oblonsky quickly puts all his guests at ease: making introductions, giving compliments, telling jokes.

In a moment he had so kneaded together the social dough that the drawing room became very lively, and there was a merry buzz of voices.

Did you catch the bread references?  “kneaded” and “dough”?
See?!  A baker!

With a little kneading a group of quiet strangers becomes a noisy gathering of friends.

Jeannette wants Anna to go dress shopping with her.
I want Oblonsky to host my next party.


Posted by on November 3, 2012 in Anna Karenina


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3 responses to “The Russian Baker

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    November 3, 2012 at 8:54 am

    I like this.

    • Christine

      November 6, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks. Except now that I reread the post’s title I keep thinking the “Russian Baker” must be a cousin of the “Swedish Chef”.


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